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Lawmaker gives up on repeal of motorcycle helmet law

June 12, 2008 by  

BATON ROUGE — A Harley-Davidson-riding lawmaker has given up on his effort to let his fellow motorcyclists decide whether they want to wear a helmet.

Head protection will continue to be mandatory in Louisiana after a hostile Senate committee blocked Rep. Mert Smiley’s bill on Wednesday, as the legislative session winds down toward its June 23 end date. A companion bill had earlier stalled on the House floor, and Smiley said he had no chance to get the law repealed this session.

“I fought a gallant fight,” said Smiley, a Port Vincent Republican. But he said he’d try again next year.

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